How Do You Tell If My Email Domain Is Blacklisted?

September 30, 2022    Reading Time: 5 Minutes

Are you worried that your email domain might be blacklisted? Are you not sure how to tell if your email is being blocked? In this blog post, we will discuss how to determine whether or not your email domain is blacklisted. We will also provide tips on how to fix the issue if your domain is listed.

What is a blacklist?

A blacklist is a list of IP addresses or domains that are known to send spam. Email providers use blacklists to protect their users from spam and other unwanted email. When an email provider sees an email coming from a blacklisted domain, they may block the email or mark it as spam.

How many blacklists are there?

There are many blacklists, but some of the more well-known ones include Spamhaus, Barracuda Reputation Block List, and the Google Safe Browsing blacklist.

How do I know if my domain is blacklisted?

There are a few ways to tell if your domain is blacklisted. One way is to check the headers of an email that you have sent. The headers will show you the path that the email took from your mailbox to the recipient’s mailbox. If any of the servers along the path are on a blacklist, they will be listed in the headers. Another way to check if your domain is blacklisted is to use a blacklist checker tool. There are many free blacklist checker tools available online, including MxToolbox Blacklist Checker.

How does an email domain get blacklisted?

There are a few ways an email domain can get blacklisted. One way is if the IP address that the domain uses to send email is on a blacklist. When you use shared hosting, your IP address is shared with other users. If one of those users is sending spam, the IP address could get blacklisted. Another way an email domain can get blacklisted is if the domain itself is being used to send spam. This can happen if your domain is hacked, or if someone is using your domain to send spoofed email. Or, just maybe you’ve been sending spam yourself. Tsk tsk!

How do you check if my domain is blacklisted by Google?

If you think your domain might be blacklisted by Google, you can check using the Google Transparency Report. Enter your domain in the search box and click “Search”. If your domain is blacklisted, you will see a message that says “No unsafe content found.”

How do I fix a blacklisted email domain?

If your email domain is blacklisted, you will need to take steps to remove it from the blacklist. The first step is to find out why your domain is blacklisted. Once you know the reason, you can take steps to fix the issue. For example, if your IP address is blacklisted, you may need to change hosts or clean up your mailing list. If your domain has been hacked, you will need to secure your website and change any passwords that have been compromised. If you’ve been sending out marketing messages to people who haven’t opted in, you will need to stop that immediately and remove those addresses from your mailing list.

This is a good time to discuss the difference between emailing your customers, marketing to your customers, and using transactional email services.

Emailing your customers is just what you think – sending periodic updates or messages to people who are expecting an email from you.

Marketing to your customers is when you send them messages about products or services that they might be interested in. This could include special offers, new product announcements, or helpful tips and advice. Customers generally don’t mind receiving marketing messages from companies they do business with, as long as the messages are relevant and not too frequent. You must make sure your customers opt-in to receive marketing messages from you, or you could be accused of spamming.

Transactional email services are the third type of email, and these messages are generally sent automatically in response to an action your customer has taken. For example, if someone buys something from your online store, they might receive a transactional email confirming their purchase. Or, if they sign up for a newsletter on your website, they might receive a welcome email with helpful information about the newsletter. Transactional emails generally don’t require an opt-in from the customer, because they are not marketing messages.

What should I do if my domain is blacklisted?

If your domain is blacklisted, you should take steps to remove it from the blacklist. The first step is to find out why your domain is blacklisted. Once you know the reason, you can take steps to fix the issue. For example, if your IP address is blacklisted, you may need to change hosts or clean up your mailing list. If your domain has been hacked, you will need to secure your website and change any passwords that have been compromised. If you’ve been sending out marketing messages to people who haven’t opted in, you will need to stop that immediately and remove those addresses from your mailing list. Once you have taken steps to fix the issue, you can then submit a request to have your domain removed from the blacklist. Depending on the blacklist, this can be a simple process or it may take some time. You should also continue to monitor your domain to make sure it doesn’t become blacklisted again in the future.

Wrapping it up

Monitoring your email deliverability is an important part of keeping your business running smoothly. If you suspect your email domain is blacklisted, there are a few steps you can take to confirm it and then take action to fix the issue. By following these steps, you can ensure that your emails are getting delivered and your business is running smoothly.

Email blacklist FAQs

How long does blacklisting last?

It depends on the blacklist. Some blacklists are only temporary while others are permanent. If you are on a blacklist, it’s up to you to contact the blacklist and request to be removed from it.

What’s the difference between an IP address and a domain?

An IP address is a unique number assigned to each device connected to the internet. A domain is a word or phrase that represents a website or email address. When you blacklist an IP address, it means that all emails sent from that IP address will be blocked. When you blacklist a domain, it means that all emails sent from any IP address associated with that domain will be blocked.

Can you be removed from an email blacklist?

Yes, but it’s not always easy. Each blacklist has its own process for removal. You will need to contact the blacklist and follow their instructions. Some blacklists may require you to prove that you have fixed the problem that caused you to be blacklisted in the first place.

Do blacklisted emails go to spam?

Yes. If your email is blacklisted, it will go to the recipient’s spam folder.

How many emails can I send before I get blacklisted?

There is no set number. Some factors that can lead to blacklisting are sending a high volume of emails in a short period of time, using an unsecure server, or having a high percentage of bounced emails.

What’s the best way to avoid getting blacklisted?

The best way to avoid getting blacklisted is to make sure your emails follow best practices. This includes using a secure server, maintaining a healthy list of subscribers, and monitoring your bounced email rates. You should also avoid sending a high volume of emails in a short period of time. If you do send a large number of emails, spread them out over a few days to reduce the risk of being blacklisted.

Written by Shawn Hooghkirk on September 30, 2022

Last updated on September 30, 2022. Shawn is the President of Graticle, Inc.

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